Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Gardening Journal 2019: Roses

We've had a string of days in the 60's and 70's and I've been working outside as much as I could.  One of the things I did was to cut back my roses and add wood ash to the ground around them.  Wood ash is good for roses and since we have a wood stove, easy to come by.

In about another month, depending on the weather, I'll fertilize them. After that they should be all set to start growing.

Because our soil is so sandy they will need regular fertilizing about every 2 - 3 months throughout the summer.  In between fertilizing I'll add comfrey leaves to the ground around them to give them a natural boost.  I'll get a bucket of compost tea going as soon as it's a bit warmer and use that to give them another boost from time to time as well.  Working with our soil can be a challenge, but it can be done.

Do you have any 'rose growing' tips to share?

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  1. We toss all our banana peels at the base of our roses. I have read that they have all the nutrients that roses need to thrive. Our do great with only the peels. We never fertilize them.

    1. Lana, I've never heard that, that would be so easy to do! Our soil is so sandy that it just doesn't hold nutrients, so if we won't anything to grow here in the ground it's got to have help!!! Where we lived before moving here, we didn't have these soil issues.

    2. I understand that having lived in Florida for 24 years.

  2. My number one tip for growing roses is to not let me anywhere near the plant. I can grow just about anything bar roses, maiden hair ferns and bergonias. My sad super power is to look at these plants and to see them die.


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